Perfect Sugar Cookies with Icing
Perfect sugar cookies with icing, are they out there? Yes, I think so – they just do not happen in my own kitchen very often. I hope I am not the only one who struggles with duplicating an awesome sugar cookie recipe.
Chocolate chip cookies – we have those down. Our girls have a recipe that their friends beg them to make. Sugar cookies, well, we aren’t brave enough to share them with others yet.
In my frustration, I took to Pinterest to see what lovely recipes others had shared, um, there were a LOT of results. Sally’s Baking Addiction provided a recipe that looked like what I was after. Her holiday cut-out sugar cookies recipe proved easy to follow and the cookies were wonderful. The royal icing was something we were not used to, so we will need to play with it to get the look right. But the flavor was great!
Another recipe we use, I am not sure where we got it from. (If I ever learn the source, I will add it here.) But I include it here as another option for those looking for the perfect sugar cookie.
Sugar Cookie Recipe
3 cups flour (do not firmly pack)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder.
2. Using a mixer, beat butter and sugar. Add egg, beat again, then add vanilla.
3. Slowly add the flour mixture, about a cup at a time, to the liquid mixture. Mix until dough forms and clumps together.
4. Gather dough and knead it with your hands until it is nice and smooth. Roll it into a ball, wrap with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for about 20 minutes.
5. Roll out dough, cut, and place on a cookie sheet. Place the cookie sheet with cookies into the freezer for 2 -4 minutes, depending upon the size of the cookies.
6. Bake cookies at 350 degrees for at least 6 minutes, continue baking until cookies no longer look moist.
Powdered Sugar Frosting Recipe
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 tablespoon milk
Combine sugar, butter, vanilla, and milk until creamy.
I’d love to learn which recipe worked better for you or what your favorite recipe is too!